Good pals Brad Pitt and George Clooney have a lot in common. In addition to co-starring in three films (four, if you count the currently in-production Coen Brothers’ film Burn After Reading), they’ve both been named Sexiest Man Alive multiple times; they’re both superstars whose every move is closely watched by the media and public alike; they’ve both managed to carve out careers that allow them to make whatever films they want, whenever they want, wherever they want; and they both have movies at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, where OK! caught up with George to ask him if the two men ever feel the need to compete when it comes to filmmaking.“I don’t compete against my friends," George, in a rare moment of seriousness, explained to OK!. "It always seems sort of strange. I couldn’t do the things Brad does, ever. So there’s no competition at all." He paused before adding with a sly grin, “I do have some competition with Matt Damon.”
George also explained to OK! that it’s hard to shake the competitive spirit when awards season rolls around. “The interesting thing about awards season is: You get this feeling where you find yourself thinking, ‘Well, I’m helping the film,’ but at some point you’re actually campaigning the idea that you should compare art, and I always think that’s a dangerous place to go." He brought up the example from a few years’ back when actor David Strathairn was nominated for Best Actor for his role in Good Night and Good Luck against front-runner, Capote‘s Philip Seymour Hoffman. "Everyone was arguing who gave the better performance, but these were two very different roles — you can’t compare them! So, no, there’s never any competition, and you hope there never is between artists."
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